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 Introducing SCDA's Student Chapters

In response to interest by students at various dental schools in serving patients with special needs, Special Care Dentistry Association has formed the SCDA Student Chapters. The SCDA Student Chapters is comprised of SCDA-affiliated groups of students from various dental schools who have a specific interest in special care dentistry. Any group of students with official recognition from their dental school may apply to be an official group of the SCDA Student Chapter.

Click here to learn more about starting an SCDA Student Chapter.


  • Member access to SCDA website
  • Access to SCDA student discussion forum for all Student Chapter members
  • Access to school-specific discussion forum for each student group
  • Student Network section of SCDA website for posting and sharing information and resources
  • Individual page for each student group on SCDA website for posting announcements, group information
  • Student-specific webinars through SCDA on topics of interest for Student Chapter members
  • Discounts on SCDA Annual Meeting registration and other educational offerings
  • Ability to get involved in SCDA projects and initiatives (Annual Meeting planning, webinar planning, fact sheet development, etc.)
  • Information about postgraduate programs with special care content, including program vignettes with highlights from program directors
  • Networking opportunities with SCDA members to learn about this rewarding practice area
  • Online access to SCDA journal, Special Care in Dentistry
  • Ask an Expert –use the SCDA Discussion Forum to pose questions to industry leaders


  • Provision of school group charter or documentation of official school status
  • All members of the school group must join SCDA to start an SCDA Student Chapter (minimum 5 members)
  • Annually, group will provide a roster of all school group members to SCDA for membership verification

What's Next?

Are you ready to submit an application to start a Student Chapter? Click here to download and review the SCDA Student Chapter Start-Up Kit! Once you've completed the necessary paperwork, please email it to the student liaison's email listed below. 


Nationally recognized SCDA Chapters:

1.       Case Western University

2.       Tufts University

3.       University of Michigan

4.       University of Tennessee

5.       University of Texas- San Antonio

6.       Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

7.       Marquette University School of Dentistry



If you have any questions about student involvement with SCDA or starting a student chapter, please contact one of our student liaisons:


Carleen "Carly" Tse

Student Liasion




Ciara Schwarz

Vice-Student Liaison


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